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Elderly Peru resident victim of ruse burglary

An elderly Peru resident was the victim of a ruse burglary Saturday.

At around 5 p.m., a white man, described as in his 20s, baby faced and wearing a baseball hat, came to the man's residence claiming to be a member of the city's water department. He said the water lines were contaminated and he needed to check inside.

Once inside the residence, the suspect turned the kitchen faucet on while engaging in conversation with the victim, keeping him in the kitchen. At some point, a separate suspect entered the home, without the victim knowing, and stole several items of value including money. 
The victim was unharmed in the burglary.

A ruse burglary is one of distraction or diversion where a crime is committed against a person, many times an elderly person. The perpetrator seeks to draw the resident out of the house or distract them while inside. Once the resident is occupied, an accomplice enters the home and takes valuables, such as jewelry and money. 

In legitimate cases, a city of Peru employee at your door will have a city of Peru identification tag they are required to show. Do not allow anyone inside your home you do not know. Residents should call the police immediately if uncomfortable with any situation such as this. 

This matter is under investigation by PPD Detective Division who will coordinate with other police agencies along the Interstate 80 corridor as offenders in these types of cases often travel from city to city.

Anyone with information should call Detective Sergeant Dennis Hocking at 815-224-6017 or the PPD tip line at 815-223-1432.

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